Google’s October 4 event: rumours and expectations

The rumour mills are spinning faster than ever as we approach Google’s October 4 event, where the tech and search giant will unveil some of its latest hardware and talk about the future. The event in San Francisco is said to be taking off the wraps on Google Wi-Fi, Google Home, Google Chromecast Ultra, a new OS for the company’s Pixel devices and maybe even Google Daydream.

The main tag for the event is #madebygoogle, which is the same as the website created for the event.

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The website image looks like the outline for the new Pixel and Pixel XL devices it should be launching at the event. Earlier this month, there were some leaked images from Android Police.

The Pixel has a five-inch display with a 1,920×1,080 resolution, while the Pixel XL will showcase an impressive 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. Besides the possibility of a larger battery, the main highlights for both devices are a Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530 graphics, 4GB RAM, and at least 32GB of on-board storage with a 13MP rear camera and a 8MP front snapper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event might showcase the Daydream VR running on these devices, so viewers can expect to see working prototypes of a headset and controller and some of the content its meant to showcase.

Google Home is another major announcement that we’ve been waiting for eagerly since the announcement at I/O 2016. It’s the answer to Amazon’s Echo and should retail at $130 (Dh 477), which is cheaper than Amazon’s device. Home has the ability to answer questions using Google Search, track weather, play music, cast content, organise itineraries and do a whole lot more.

Google Home

Another rumour floating around is Google Wi-Fi. It’s rumored to be a follow-up to their OnHub routers, and should be able to link together multiple access points to create one large wireless network. Wi-Fi range extenders, anyone?

Google has been planning a new OS, which could be expected at the event, as tweeted by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior VP of Android, Google Play and Chrome.

This means that we could be looking at Andromeda, Google’s merged Android-Chrome OS.

Last but not the least, there is a lot of hype surrounding the possible reveal of the Google Chromecast Ultra as reported by Android Police. It is designed to be the 4K version of the current model and should retail for about $69 (Dh253). That is double the cost of the current Chromecast but this version is said to have HDR capabilities as well.

Stay tuned to see which of these rumours come out as expected and what else might or might not be revealed. In case you won’t be streaming the event, follow us on twitter @gntechae where we’ll be reporting the entire show live.